KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Zoo officials hope that zoo patrons will be able to get a bird's-eye view of animals in its African exhibit area by early next year.
The Friends of the Zoo organization voted this week to provide a sky ride over animals such as giraffes, lions, cheetahs and rhinos in the African plains.
The Kansas City Star reports that the open-air tram ride could be running by April, and it will be funded with private money. The eight-minute ride will cover about 1,800 feet of the African plains, moving about 45 feet above ground.
Zoo director Randy Wisthoff says the aerial tram could make $200,000 or more in net profit every year for the zoo. Zoo officials the project can be bought and installed for about $800,000.
The cost for a ride has not been determined.